Against all odds, this is what emerged for three years amid the crossfire between the Fascists and the Bolsheviks during the Spanish Civil War “[The collectives] demonstrate clearly that the working class are perfectly capable of running farms, factories, workshops, and health and public services without bosses or managers dictating to them. It proves that … More Libertarian Communism and Capitalist Spirituality
Iran just the latest episode of Empire games … More The Empire Lives
wars of opportunity are not moral, or honorable … More The Elder Bush Also Lied Us into a War
As I write here by the window of an office near Union Square in NYC, New Year’s Eve approaches, my 66th year looms. Do I go gentle into the unquiet night? Or take my cue from the Master? Nicolas Walter, in his pamphlet About Anarchism, lays bare the eternal situation: Anarchists see progress quite differently, … More New Year's Eve Reflection
War is the health of the state,not pensions. … More Seven Wars, more Patriot Act. Hey, where is my Pension?
The people are fed up with austerity and repression … More Purge in Colombia?
What courage!! … More Challenging Conventional Wisdom
Amazon wants it all … More Fulfillment by Amazon
It can happen here. … More Coming to America: Chinese State Surveillance?
Are language and thought one and the same? Can we only know reality through the medium of language? Donald Fagen, one of the geniuses behind Steely Dan, in his autobiography Elegant Hipsters, traces entire subcultures spawned by Count Korzybski’s General Semantics. The basic idea of the book is succinctly summarized by Steven Pinker in The Language Instinct: “General … More Can We Think without Words?
Can a moral choice make a difference? … More Jack Poulson: Profile in Courage
To ask this question deeply is to step into quicksand from which there may be no return for those who sincerely ask it. You may, for the rest of your life, be consumed with trying to answer it. Nothing will ever seem to be the same again. Just look at the Pied Pipers of the … More What Is?
It was 1940, and the Democratic Convention was about to pick their presidential candidates. Paul Block, a Pittsburgh newspaper publisher, knew he had dynamite. The “guru” letters. They were strange letters written by Henry A. Wallace, currently FDR’s popular Secretary of Agriculture, and rumored to be his choice for VP in the upcoming presidential election. … More The Guru Letters
Another world is possible. … More What Do I Write About?
Let the CIA remove this guy. … More Why Do the Spooks Want to Dump Trump?
Cant trust the UAW leadership, GM, or the US government … More Some Guys You Just Can’t Trust